PAALS Team Graduation

Prepare to be moved!

PAALS holds a graduation ceremony for teams which have been matched during the previous year. This event is usually held in late November or early December of each year.

The 2018 graduation ceremony will be held Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:30PM at 300 Senate Street in downtown Columbia, SC.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

After each team is introduced, the client is offered an opportunity to say a few words. The stories they tell about their situation and how their service dog has helped them are both eye-opening and extremely moving. There is seldom a dry eye in the room after hearing these stories.

Tissues will be provided for tears of joy always flow at hearing the wonderful impacts PAALS service dogs have had on the lives of these individuals who have chosen the life of independence that a PAALS dog provides. Anyone who has attended a PAALS graduation leaves knowing that lives have been changed forever. We hope you will join us for this special occasion.


If you can’t attend in person, you can still support current and future graduates by making a donation to support Team Graduation using the button on the right.p>


PAALS invites any company who is interested in supporting PAALS and reaching out to PAALS supporters to become a graduation sponsor for the 2018 event. Both cash and in-kind sponsors are welcome. If you are interested in being a sponsor of Team Graduation 2018 or a future graduation, please email Kim Hudson at khudson4@sc.rr.com.


The 2017 graduation ceremony was held on December 3, 2017. You can view a gallery of photos from the event by clicking the button on the right.

Thank you to our 2018 Team Graduation Sponsors.

Pops Convenience Store
Brent Jordan - Realtor